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Reminder to Vermont Employers: Vermont’s New Laws are in Effect

Recreational Marijuana

Effective July 1, 2018, adults are legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to two mature plants and four immature plants. The sale of marijuana is not allowed under this law. Stronger penalties will be executed for actions such as selling to those who are underage and the consumption in a public place of vehicle.

Employers may maintain the same drug-free workplace policies that were established prior to the state laws taking effect. However, that does not mean employers should be reluctant to revisit old, outdated policies. Employers should continuously refine internal practices and remain up to date with new laws and legislature.


Salary History

Effective July 1, 2018, Vermont employers are prohibited from: obtaining and using past salary history from either the prospective employee or his or her current or former employer; requiring that a prospective employee’s current or past compensations satisfy minimum or maximum criteria; or determining whether to interview a prospective employee based on current or past compensation.

If a prospective employee voluntarily discloses information about his or her current or past compensation, an employer may seek to confirm the information after an offer of employment with compensation has been made.  Employers may also inquire about a prospective employee’s salary expectations or requirements and provide information about the wages, benefits, compensation, or salary offered in relation to a position.

For more information on these and other laws and whether they affect your state, visit our resource guide at

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